SEPTEMBER 2013    

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Oct. 8-10, Portland, OR

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
Oct. 9-10, ASTM HQ

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Sept. 18-19, Norfolk, VA
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Crude Oil
Oct. 21-23, Dallas, TX

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Sept. 24-26, Los Angeles, CA
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Oct. 8-9, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing
Oct. 2-3, Akron, OH

Statistics in ASTM Test Method Development, Application and Quality Assurance
Oct. 16-17, ASTM HQ

Testing Techniques for Plastics
Oct. 29-31, Tampa, FL  
Vapor Encroachment Onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
Oct. 29, Chicago, IL
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HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
ASTM Unveils New Website
There is a new look at The new site, which debuted in late August, features a fresh look with a clean and modern design and a simplified top navigation bar which makes finding what you need on our large site that much easier. Featured products, latest news and headlines, and important quick links like your "MyASTM" login are all there on the opening page. The update also features a new and improved search function. 
New ASTM Portals Offer Tailored Instant Access 
New ASTM Web Portals provide access to ASTM content in one platform, including standards, training, engineering publications, translations and more. When you build a subscription, your entire staff can instantly connect to the ASTM informational materials they need. Special portal features include tools for adding notes, images and attachments for sharing with your staff; color-coded highlighting that identifies changes to standards; translated standards; and access to the thousands of papers and books in the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library. Visit today. See the latest issue of Standardization News for more information about all of the portal features. To order today, contact [Full Story] 
Still Time to Register - Free Virtual Officers' Training Week  
There is still time to register for the ASTM International Virtual Officers' Training Week, which will be held Sept. 23-26. This free online workshop features various modules on the ASTM standards development process and how to manage responsibilities within ASTM committees. It is a useful program for committee officers, subcommittee chairs, technical contacts and others in leadership positions. The modules are based on the live Officers' Training Workshop held every other year at ASTM headquarters. Sessions will include Certification and Technical and Professional Training, Subcommittee Chairman's Duties and Responsibilities, Main Committee Officers' Duties and Responsibilities, Robert's Rules, Planning Symposia and Workshops, Strategic Planning and New Activity Development, and ASTM Leadership Opportunities and Resources. Click here to view schedule and register online.  
Nominations for 2014 ASTM International Board of Directors
ASTM International has announced the candidates selected by the Society's Nominating Committee to serve on the 2014 board of directors. They are: chairman of the board (one-year term), vice chairman (two-year term), and six directors (three-year terms). View the biographies of the nominees here. An email with a link to the online ballot will be sent to all ASTM members in early September. To request a hard copy of the ballot, contact Maureen Houck ( The deadline for receipt of all ballots is Dec. 1, 2013.  
Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Courses include New Member Orientation and Training (Sept. 27), Electronic Balloting, Training on ASTM Online Tools, Roster Maintenance Training, Strategic Planning and New Activity Development and more. See full list at  
COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees



Two new Committee F08 standards focus on commercial playing area operation and player safety briefings for low energy air, or airsoft, guns. [Full Story] 

Hydraulic Fracturing

A proposed Committee D18 standard for shale oil and gas hydraulic fracturing operations will provide best practices for data management and reporting. [Full Story]

Solvent Rub

A new Committee D01 standard describes a rub technique that can be used in the lab, field or fabrication shop for assessing the solvent resistance of an organic coating that changes during the curing process. [Full Story] 

Fitness Equipment    

Two new Committee F08 standards will provide specifications for fitness equipment that will be accessible to users of all abilities, including those with disabilities. [Full Story] 

Technology and Underground Utilities

All interested parties are welcome to join in the standards developing activities of Committee F36; the committee is working on several proposed new standards that will be used by the utility industry. [Full Story]  

Industrial Protective Coatings

A new Committee D01 standard will be used to substantiate manufacturers' claims on the inherent dry fall characteristics of coating materials such as paint. [Full Story]

Additive Manufacturing

A new Committee F42 standard covers a popular material used to make parts for the aerospace and medical components industries through the additive manufacturing process. [Full Story] 


Committee C01 is developing a standard that will be used to help create data for comparing the compressive strength of alkali activated fly ash and natural pozzolans. [Full Story] 

Bisphenol A

A new Committee D34 standard includes procedures for measuring BPA concentration in environmental media such as soils, sludges and biosolids. [Full Story]   
Fiber-Reinforced Concrete 
Laboratories and manufacturers of equipment used to test the flexural performance of concrete will be the primary users of a proposed new Committee C09 standard[Full Story]   

Hip Implants 
A new Committee F04 standard will provide a consistent method for analyzing hip stems used in hip replacement surgery. [Full Story]     

CAMPUS NOTES  . . . For Students and Professors 


ASTM Project Grants for University Students
ASTM International offers a limited number of $500 grants to graduate or senior level university students to help with student design projects that contain an ASTM standards component. The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31. Visit the ASTM student website for instructions and application forms. 

ASTM Awards 2013 Graduate Scholarships
ASTM International has announced the recipients of the Society's 2013 Graduate Scholarship: Bernardo Castellanos, a Ph.D. candidate in civil engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Michael Hirsch, a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The objective of the ASTM scholarship program is to enhance a student's knowledge, understanding and application of ASTM International and its standards. The ASTM Graduate Scholarship rewards graduate students (master's or doctoral) who have demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM standards. [Full Story] 

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Health and Fitness           


The 17th annual Family Health and Fitness Day USA will take place on Sept 28. A national health and fitness event for families in the U.S., the idea of the event is to promote family involvement in physical activity through health and fitness events at schools, parks, hospitals, community centers and more. If you are one of the many who do your physical activity on a machine or use a fitness device, know that several ASTM standards address a variety of exercise equipment. Subcommittee F08.30 on Fitness Products, part of Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities, has developed standards for motorized treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary upright and recumbent bicycles, upper body ergometers and selectorized strength equipment. As mentioned above, F08.30 has also recently completed new standards for the universal design of fitness equipment for inclusive use by persons with functional limitations and impairments. As the fitness industry continues to grow, the subcommittee is reacting, currently working on developing standards for stationary outdoor fitness equipment, crank training equipment and externally loaded strength training equipment like weight benches, among others.

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